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Light the Way Event to be Held Tonight at Governor's Residence

BISMARCK, N.D. - First Lady Betsy Dalrymple is joining other First Spouses across the country in bringing attention to Down syndrome cognitive research, a rapidly advancing area of research that holds great promise for improving memory, learning and communication for individuals of all ages with Down syndrome. The First Spouse “Light the Way” event will be launched today on World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, 2011. This date is particularly meaningful as Down syndrome results from the presence of three copies of chromosome 21. 

First Lady Dalrymple will recognize this initiative by lighting the Governor’s residence in blue this evening symbolizing her support of Down syndrome cognitive research. Also lighting the way will be University of Mary students, who will be lining Boulevard Avenue with blue luminaries.  The First Lady sought assistance from Designer Genes, a local Down syndrome support network.  Designer Genes has represented individuals with Down syndrome and their families for over 20 years in the Bismarck-Mandan area. The group annually coordinates a Buddy Walk for Down syndrome awareness.  This year’s walk takes place Saturday, September 17 at the State Capitol grounds.

 “I believe that we all own a part of that work,” Dalrymple said. “These efforts do not just happen in a laboratory. They occur every day in your homes, our child care centers, our schools, and in our places of employment. I hope that tonight by recognizing World Down Syndrome Day, I am helping to inspire all our citizens to ‘Light the Way’ to creating opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome in our state.” 

First Lady Dalrymple wishes to recognize New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie for initiating this event. 

WHO:             First Lady Betsy Dalrymple

WHAT:           Light the Way Event, Media welcome to attend

WHEN:          March 21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:        Governor’s Residence, Capitol Grounds


600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0001
Phone: 701.328.2200 Fax: 701.328.2205